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Sustainability Action Plan

circles to represent scales of action from campus to world

In April 2019, Princeton published the University's Sustainability Action Plan. These pages contain the University's progress to date and reflects the most current information.
Last Updated: February 2020

Action Area Metrics

  •  Baseline
  • Current Performance
  • Future Targets
Globe

Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to Net Zero

Campus emissions (metric tons CO2 x 1000)

GHG Dashboard Graph
    Faucet with dripping water

    Reduce Water Usage

    Campus water usage (gallons x 1,000,000)

    Bar Graph for Water Usage
    Clouds and lightening

    Increase Area Under Enhanced Stormwater Management

    Expand enhanced stormwater management area (acres)

    Stormwater Dashboard Graph
    Landscape Scene

    Cultivate Healthy and Resilient Habitats

    Tracked forested area with improved habitat connectivity and quality (acres)

    Habitat Dashboard Graph
    Recycling symbol

    Reduce Waste and Expand Sustainable Purchasing

    Campus Landfill Waste (tons)

    Purchases and Waste Graph

    Recycling and Reuse (%)

    Recycling and Reuse Graph

    The Sustainability Action Plan was released on Earth Day, April 2019. Read the Plan

    *Targets reflect CO2 equivalence (CO2e).
    **2019 status refers to stormwater management areas that can absorb 90th percentile rainfall events.
    ***2026 and 2046 targets include the newly proposed Lake Campus that may include management of 95th percentile rain events.
    Baseline established via GIS analysis.
    Consumer items consist of recyclable paper, cardboard, glass, metal and plastic.
    § Targets to be confirmed following campus waste study.